Evaluation: A Systematic Approach

Welcome to the Companion Site!

This site is intended to enhance your use of Evaluation: A Systematic Approach, 8th Edition, by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Gary T. Henry. Please note that all the materials on this site are especially geared toward maximizing your understanding of the material.

The long-awaited new edition is here!

Evaluation: A Systematic Approach, by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Gary T. Henry, is the best-selling comprehensive introduction to the field of program evaluation, covering the range of evaluation research activities used in appraising the design, implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency of social programs. Evaluation domains are presented in a coherent framework that not only explores each, but recognizes their interrelationships, their role in improving social programs and the outcomes they are designed to affect, and their embeddedness in social and political context.

Relied on as the “gold standard” by professors, students, and practitioners for 40 years, the new Eighth Edition includes a new practical chapter on planning an evaluation, entirely new examples throughout, and a major re-organization of the book’s content to better serve the needs of program evaluation courses.

“The Eighth Edition of Evaluation is a massive improvement on an already stellar text. The breadth and depth of coverage—while still keeping a practical focus—make this the go-to book for program evaluation classes and practitioners alike.”   —B. Andrew Chupp, Indiana University


We gratefully acknowledge Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Gary T. Henry for writing an excellent text and for reviewing the assets on this site. Special thanks are also due to Amy Donley of University of Central Florida for creating the ancillaries on this site.